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Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
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Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

the claim

The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask contains 87% propolis extract and natural beeswax to soothe, calm and moisturise skin while you sleep. It can be used as an overnight or wash-off mask, alternatively like a cream.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
 

the science

Represented at an overwhelming 87% concentration is Propolis Extract, a combination of beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof their hive. It’s additionally excellent for the skin, used medicinally to help heal wounds for centuries. Rich in flavonoids, propolis displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its high antioxidant content also assists to keep free radicals from causing cell damage. It works to regenerate and moisturize skin, helping make it smooth, supple and hydrated. It also assists to balance skin oils so is a good acne treatment.

Present in all living cells and included for its penetrative moisturising and hydrating powers, Panthenol, vitamin B5, is a humectant which is able to reach into the lower layers for deep cell absorption and hence effective moisturisation. It complements additional humectants, Glycerin, Betaine, Beeswax and Butylene Glycol, the latter also helping to increase the absorption of other ingredients and hence boost their effectiveness.

Other notable hydrators include Sodium Hyaluronate which can improve hydration of the skin through an ability to bind to water and fill the spaces between connective skin fibres, achieving a plumping effect. Senna Seed Extract displays a high content of Polysaccharides which have been proven to mimic Hyaluronic Acid in behaviour thus delivering an effective treatment for dryness. They are able to provide long lasting suppleness and moisture to the skin via film forming capacities and surface water retention. Senna also has anti-inflammatory properties so makes a good acne treatment. Similarly, Allantoin provides skin replenishing and restoring benefits.

Dimethicone is a silicone oil that is used to provide a protective film on the skin to lock in moisture for long lasting hydration. Arginine functions as an antioxidant that also helps to build collagen production. And finally, Adenosine is derived from yeast and present naturally in the body. It has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to an ability to energize the skin’s surface promoting younger looking skin.
 

the ingredients

Propolis Extract (87%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia (Senna) Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beeswax, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask Ingredients
 

the packaging

The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask is presented in a plastic tube with flip top cap dispenser. The cap can be removed to expose the opening which is foil sealed when new.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask Packaging
 

the analysis

An ideal assessment is returned from both the CosDNA and EWG databases, rating the Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask an ideal low hazard with no red flags.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Apply evenly after cleansing and toning. It can be used as a wash off mask (leave on for 15 minutes), overnight mask as the last step of your routine or a moisturiser.
 

the scent

There is a very delicate scent associated with the mask.
 

the cost

The masks costs around AUD$25.00 for a 60ml tube (correct at time of publication).
 

the availability

Cosrx products are available at Korean skincare boutiques including Style Korean, Yes Style and Wishtrend.
 

the expiry

The mask has a three year shelf life and must be used within 12 months of opening.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask Expiry
 

the performance

The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask is presented in a handy squeeze tube with flip top cap. This ensures it’s securely sealed and readily available with the contents flowing to the opening while stored in standing position. It has a clear, lightweight yellow gel appearance. The product has a lot of slip so glides over the skin really easily, initially imparting a cooling sensation on the surface which is great for those suffering any inflammation or redness. The smell is extremely subtle and to be honest, I don’t notice it at all. When I concentrate, I can detect that it’s mild and pleasant although hard to describe. Of course, no fragrance is added to enhance the scent, the smell being the outcome of the formula.

You only need the smallest amount so the tube will last a long time, making it great value. Onto dry skin, the mask absorbs effortlessly. I usually wait for the rest of my routine steps to fully absorb before layering this on top. There is the tiniest tacky feeling initially, but after a very quick dry down, the sensation completely disappears. As such, it’s a very comfortable mask or moisturiser to wear. I usually use it as a night moisturiser or sleeping pack but have also tried it as the last step of my day routine too. In all scenarios, it performs very well.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask Texture
The gel like consistency is very different to that of the brand’s Rice Overnight Spa Mask which is more of a light cream. Different again to another popular mask in the same league, the iUnik propolis mask, which more resembles a cream finish as shown below.
 
Similar Sleeping Mask Texture Comparison
So, the mask is totally comfortable to wear day or night. There is no film left on the surface of the skin so it layers very well with sunscreen or foundation during the day. At night, the lack of tackiness, heaviness or stickiness makes it perfect. The pillow case remains dry and clean and the lightweight feel on the skin is very satisfying. It’s pretty much undetectable after dry down, making it the perfect final layer.

And the results… well, this mask really delivers what it claims. Using it overnight, my skin feels noticeably more soft, supple and plump in the morning. On lazy nights, I can even skip serums and oils and go straight from toner to mask with pleasing results in the morning. During the day, it does everything I would expect from a moisturiser and probably more.

The ingredients are all very gentle, so this product will suit all skin types, with the exception of course of those allergic to propolis, bee products or any other parts of the formula. Suitability is confirmed by great results from both CosDNA and EWG resources.
 
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

 

the conclusion

The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask is a joy to use. Suitable for all skin types, it’s gentle and super effective as well as being budget friendly like most products from this brand.
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Safe formulation Only available online for Australians
Gentle yet intensely hydrating
Versatile wash-off, day and overnight applications
Leaves skin bouncy and fresh
Budget friendly
Suitable for all skin types

 

the references

The Little-Known Ingredient Korean Women Use to Fight Acne Alicia Yoon
Benefits of Panthenol in Skin Care Samantha Miller
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging
Butylene Glycol The Dermatology Review
Allantoin, the wonder ingredient for the skin Samantha Miller
Arginine Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Cassia Angustifolia Extract Truth In Aging
Adenosine Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Ingredient Watch List: Dimethicone, the Smoothing Silicone That Exacerbates Acne Annemarie Skin Care

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 


 

4 Comments

  • Annemarie

    I never seem to be able to choose between this one and the rice one from CosRX. Which one is your favourite? I have dry aging skin, do I tend to go for creamy moisturizers, and this seems more like a gel. But it does have adenosine for that anti aging boost…. difficult choice! Thanks for reviewing.

    • denise

      Yes, that is a great question Annemarie. I personally think both are great sleeping masks and both would serve your dry aging skin well.

      The honey is beautiful and I would suggest this one if you also needed some soothing due to redness, irritation or acne for instance as propolis is such a great medicinal ingredient. However, the rice provides you with more hydration and skin is plump by morning so it sounds more suited to your objective. It’s also my favourite!

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